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Hello folks.

I opened a portfolio of a member to see more pictures and the repetition of the specific subject was getting really monotonous. I agree that specialising on a particular subject can make you good at it but I think over-all it is counter-productive.

What do you think? What is your behaviour as photographers? Would you prefer to have a broader array of subjects?

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phil1963 e2 Member 2264 forum postsphil1963 vcard United Kingdom
6 Jun 2012 - 11:55 PM

I try anything (and it showsGrin) If i don't get the image i will just keep trying to get better,hopefully. I would like to get more landscapes e.g lake district but its getting the time to go there.

puertouk  21072 forum posts United Kingdom17 Constructive Critique Points
7 Jun 2012 - 12:29 AM

If you look around at the pro's, they tend to specialise in a subject. Whether that's landscapes, wildlife, sports or any other subject, they tend to stick to what they do best. You get this in all sorts of jobs, doctors dentists etc, who specialise in a field.

Then you get people who like to try their hand at various things. Photographers as a whole do take varying types of images, not concentrating on any subject. I have noticed on this site, a few people who stick to certain areas, such as wildlife, Lake District landscapes, even guitars. If they enjoy doing that and don't get bored, well that's fine by me. I take a lot of landscape photography, but that's part of my job, but I also enjoy taking other images as well.

Some people like to play things safe and not run the risk of moving away from their "field" of expertise, but I personally feel that as a photographer, you should go out and try different things. Hey, if you get it wrong, what's the big deal? There's a small button on your camera that says delete. I feel I am missing out in this World of ours if I don't try new things. It's exciting and it gives you a buzz when you take a good image.

I had a image recently in the last 5 of a Nikon competition, but I felt it unfair, as it was down to people to vote for the image and not the people at Nikon or a panel of experts judging them. I was told to contact as many friends and family to vote for me, as were the other people in the competition. Obviously I did not have enough family and friends! But, I was very happy in getting my image into the final 5 of a National competition and this will spur me on to take better images in the future.

Carabosse e2 Member 1139450 forum postsCarabosse vcard England269 Constructive Critique Points
7 Jun 2012 - 12:42 AM

Quote: Do you find shooting a particular subject boring?

Very much so. Smile

StrayCat e2 Member 1014814 forum postsStrayCat vcard Canada2 Constructive Critique Points
7 Jun 2012 - 4:44 AM

If I haven't quite reached the level of quality I'm looking for, I've been known to take 100s of shots of a particular subject, trying different conditions and settings. I consider it to be all a part of learning what I'm trying to do. Wildlife is my scene, and I will take a couple hundred shots looking for different poses with the same subject; again, it's a learning process. I see no reason to photograph things that I have no interest in just to have a varied PF, I did that in my first couple years at this till I began to settle on what I like. Someone might have a dog, and take nothing but pictures of the dog, enjoyable for them, boring for others, but hey, who do you take the photos for?

Last Modified By StrayCat at 7 Jun 2012 - 4:44 AM
7 Jun 2012 - 7:03 AM

If it moves, shoot it.

If it doesn't, shoot it anyway. Wink

MattB1987 e2 Member 2420 forum postsMattB1987 vcard England
7 Jun 2012 - 7:13 AM

Quote: If it moves, shoot it.

If it doesn't, shoot it anyway.

Isn't that the U.S Army motto? Tongue


Quote: Do you find shooting a particular subject boring?


Enthralling and consuming.

SlowSong e2 Member 64438 forum postsSlowSong vcard England29 Constructive Critique Points
7 Jun 2012 - 8:32 AM

I'd love to specialise and find a niche to hone to perfection, but I get bored with the same thing all the time so I'm a happy, random, snapper. Smile

devlin  4651 forum posts India39 Constructive Critique Points
7 Jun 2012 - 8:40 AM

Shoot anything and everything Smile...i think its more fun especially if you do this as a hobby....Smile

Big Bri
Big Bri  1315586 forum posts United Kingdom
7 Jun 2012 - 9:23 AM

I think the US Army motto is:

"If it's an enemy, shoot it. If it's not an enemy, shoot it anyway"


213hardy e2 Member 6555 forum posts213hardy vcard England
7 Jun 2012 - 9:31 AM

I tend to shoot what catches my eye, whether it's a truck or a tadpole. I don't see why i should confine myself to particular thing. As an very amateur amateur, I find every image presents it's own unique challenge.

Last Modified By 213hardy at 7 Jun 2012 - 9:35 AM
rossd  111061 forum posts England
7 Jun 2012 - 10:09 AM

Quote: I opened a portfolio of a member to see more pictures and the repetition of the specific subject was getting really monotonous.

I know what you mean. There is one particular member whose work consists entirely of coastal scenes which are virtually all identical (i.e rocks, sunset, slow shutter speed/misty water, clouds). As far as I’m concerned when you’ve seen one of the shots you’ve basically seen them all.

There is an endless variety of subjects/genres and processing techniques that can be applied to photography and I try not to limit myself to one particular subject. I probably belong to the ‘Jack of all genres, master of none’ school of photography. Smile

derekhansen e2 Member 5185 forum postsderekhansen vcard United Kingdom23 Constructive Critique Points
7 Jun 2012 - 12:36 PM

My PF is almost entirely landscape and travel images because I enjoy the whole experience that surrounds taking them. The scenery, the fresh air, the walking, the light. Its not just about getting a good shot although that is very important I wont deny it.
I do take portraits and other stuff but it dosnt give me the same enjoyment. Consequently I dont do it as much and am not so good at it.
I understand that as rossd says above looking at endless coastal shots can be monotonous if thats not what you are particularly interested but likewise you could look at a wildlife enthusiasts PF and say once you have seen one bird you have seen them all. It all depends on where your interests lie.
PS I very much like images of birds (both)

ade_mcfade e2 Member 1014815 forum postsade_mcfade vcard England216 Constructive Critique Points
7 Jun 2012 - 4:00 PM

Variety's cool - I'll try owt. Shooting a muscle man in the park yesterday, shooting business types in a board room today... all good fun, same banter, same lights, same camera, same lens.... different vibe. Flowers last week, cars a few weeks ago, some wee jock lass in a ceiling space, an odd bit of landscape here and there, loads of architecture shots and in-between grab some street shots....

It's all about enjoying using the camera.

Less about compositing and layering textures and all that stuff in Photoshop - though did re-visit that last week...

Got to admit that too sigh at some portfolios which seem to just be the same thing over and over.

2 reasons

1 - it's just boring... must be hard for their buddies to say "Yet another great shot of..... " after clicking the 1000th shot of it
2 - they do indeed tend to be the better photographers and I'd love to see them apply their amazing skill to something different - could be amazing....

Bird on Stick - great way of testing a lens....

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